Re-Freeze The Arctic With Iceberg-Making Submarine

The potential effects of Arctic regime shift on the rest of the world are substantial. As part of an international competition organised by the Association of Siamese Architects, a team of designers led by Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha proposes re-freezing sea water in the Arctic.

The proposal of the Indonesian designer was to create miniature modular icebergs using a submarine-like vessel. Kotahatuhaha worked alongside collaborators Denny Lesmana Budi and Fiera Alifa to develop the prototype that will combat climate change.

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Kotahatuhaha's team set out to create a prototype for the "re-iceberg-isation" of parts of the Arctic. "The main goal of this idea is to restore the polar ecosystem, which has a direct effect on the balance of the global climate," said the designer, adding that "it is better to prevent than cure".

Adapt submarine system as movable model engages to be flexible in all situation of weather. Bulb shape for bottom part to be dynamic with specific gravity of water. In normal activity, the Freezer stays floating in Arctic Sea.

Sinking to underwater to store up prospective ice to be shaped in. While floating with the water inside the hexagonal cast, Reverse osmotic process is on-going to divide fresh water and salt water. The salt water with compressed amount will be turning out to filter area and throwing away through bottom valve to the sea – some of salt water will be flowing to crystallization salt development area.

Upon completing desalinate process, top lid closes to enclosure the cold temperature. Within a month, new ice baby releases by sinking. By the time, repeating the storing water after going up to the surface, the Upnormal Freezer pushes the new baby ice to stick on other existing ice. Hexagonal shape has been considered as further production in extending ice area.


All images: Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha

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